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4 Indians identified for UK’s 2015 national tennis ch’ship


New Delhi:  Four Indian junior tennis players — Shashank Teertha, Sacchitt Sharma, Prinkle Singh and Mahak Jain — sealed their place in the England’s national grass court championship by emerging as the finalists of the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ event which concluded, here today.

Sacchitt beat Shashank 6-2 6-4 in the boys final while Mahak outplayed Prinkle 6-1 6-1 in the girls final of the Masters event in which 16 boys and 16 girls competed.

The Masters event for the Under-14 players was held following conclusion of preliminary qualifiers in Kolkata, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai.

The four Indian players will now compete in UK’s championship in August 2015 at the All England Club.

Last year India’s Siddhant Banthia had not only qualified for the RTW but also became the singles champion after defeating top seed Maxime Trenakhin.

Siddhant and Adil Kalyanpur had also claimed the doubles title while Indian girls Aarja Chakraborty and Shivani Ingle had ended runners-up in the girls’ doubles.

The agreement between the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Wimbledon Foundation for the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ programme has been extended till 2017.

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